“Being a scholar of Lang Lang Foundation has given me numerable memories that I will cherish in my lifetime. Everyone was supportive of each other. We play together, we have fun together, we travel together, and we learn together. We are like a family. I truly am grateful for being given the opportunity to be a part of the Lang Lang Foundation Young Scholar Program. Thank you to Lang Lang and everyone who have been there for us! I cherish every moments I share with all of them.”
A native of Indonesia, pianist Janice Carissa entered the Curtis Institute of Music in 2013 and studies with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald. All students at Curtis receive merit-based full tuition scholarships, and Ms. Carissa is the Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Fellow.
A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Ms. Carissa is a Young Scholar of Lang Lang’s International Music Foundation and the runner-up winner of the 2014 American Academy of Conducting at Aspen Music Festival and School; Star Performer Award Winner of 2012 American Protégé International Music Talent Competition in New York; the Top Prize Winner of the IBLA Foundation’s 2006 International Piano Competition.
Ms. Carissa has been featured on television and radio stations, including Indonesia Mencari Bakat, Inspirasi Pagi, Sang Juara, Global TV, RCTI, Trans TV, BC TV, Metro TV, TV One, Voice of America, WHYY TV, WXQR in New York’s The Greene Space, and National Public Radio’s From the Top.
Recent career highlights include her orchestra debut in 2015 performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with St. Peters by the Sea Orchestra in New Jersey, Beethoven Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Cristian Măcelaru at the Mann Center in Philadelphia, Midwest Young Artists Symphony Orchestra in Chicago and Dr. Allan Dennis, Symphony in C Chamber Concert. Recent performances of Ms. Carissa were at the United Nations Day Concert 2014 in New York, at Oxford University’s St Hilda’s College England, at Ravinia’s Pavilion Hall, Jay Priztker Pavillion Milennium Park in Chicago, the Miller Theatre in Columbia University, the Innovations Studio in Kimmel Center Philadelphia, and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Ms. Carissa has also performed in Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, the Frederick Chopin University of Music’s Grand Concert Hall in Warsaw, at the Theatre Hall of The Lipinski Academy of Music & Ryszard Bukowski Wroclaw in Poland, at Rimini, Cesena, and Ragusa in Italy as an IBLA winner. She has performed for the President of Indonesia and other dignitaries at the Presidential Palace Indonesia and for Lady Dewi Sukarno in Bali. Together with her brother Ryan Ferguson, Ms. Carissa performed for duo recital in the “Fantastic Sound of Two Pianos” held at the Sydney Opera House in November 2011.